MARIA M. YIP
Maria M. Yip is the founder of Yip Associates, a boutique firm specializing in forensic accounting, financial investigations, bankruptcy, receiverships, and other fiduciary roles serving clients in the United States and abroad from offices in Miami and New York. Ms. Yip has previously worked for Price Waterhouse, Arthur Andersen, and led the forensic accounting practice for Florida as a partner at Grant Thornton.
Ms. Yip is a Florida certified public accountant (CPA), certified fraud examiner (CFE), certified insolvency and restructuring advisor (CIRA) and is certified in financial forensics (CFF) by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. She has more than 20 years of experience serving as a consultant and expert witness in commercial disputes, litigation, and arbitration. Clients include attorneys, receivers, and trustees representing individuals, corporations, board of directors (audit committees) and governmental agencies in need of expertise in litigation support, financial investigations, receiverships and insolvency matters.
Ms. Yip serves as an expert witness in Federal and State court, international litigation and arbitration matters. She is also a sitting United States Bankruptcy Trustee in the Southern District of Florida. She has previously served in fiduciary roles as a court-appointed examiner and custodian. Ms. Yip has served as accountant and financial advisor to receivers appointed in numerous SEC, CFTC and FTC matters.
Ms. Yip has extensive experience in the tracing of funds and the reconstruction of financial business records in civil and criminal matters. Ms. Yip has experience calculating economic damages in breach of contract and other commercial disputes. She has experience in the preparation of financial affidavits and conducting financial investigations in marital disputes. Ms. Yip assists counsel with a detailed review and analysis of business records, assistance with discovery, and preparation of analyses, written reports, demonstrative exhibits and testimony. Ms. Yip presents the facts, the methodology employed and the conclusion of her analyses in a clear and concise manner.
Ms. Yip has significant experience conducting internal and external financial investigations of alleged business frauds including white-collar investigations, embezzlement and asset misappropriation, financial reporting and securities fraud. She conducts interviews, performs detailed analysis of financial and operational information to determine the facts, identifies the scheme(s) employed and the person(s) involved, traces misappropriated funds, identifies potential sources of recovery, determines the impact on financial statements and assists with evaluating reliance by third parties. Ms. Yip has significant experience with investigations in Latin America and is fluent in Spanish.
Ms. Yip has effectively provided consulting and expert witness services to attorneys in connection with Latin American and Caribbean matters as a result of her experience in complex matters combined with her language capabilities and cultural understanding.
Ms. Yip holds a Bachelor of Accounting degree from Florida International University. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants (FICPA), Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE), and Association of Insolvency and Restructuring Advisors (AIRA).